What’s On My Reading List for February

February 2, 2019
Close up of hands holding an open book. A stack of books on a table behind.

More and more on these cold January nights, I find myself curling up with a book. There’s something very warm about it, isn’t there? Book, cup of tea, maybe even a candle? One of my goals this year is to actually get through the books on my reading list (currently standing at 22). So I’m sharing a few of the books on my reading list! My reading list is definitely a range of titles, though that’s not specifically due to it’s being winter. I just love to read, I guess! 

An open book lies on a chair, with 4 books stacked next to it. A pink cat mug sits on top of the stack.
Close up of hands holding an open book. A stack of books on a table behind.
4 books stacked on a chair, with a fifth book leaned against it. A pink cat mug sits on top of the stack.

The Ones I’ve Already Started

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer:
Synopsis: For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.

I’m enjoying this book so far! The writing is beautiful and the way Marie-Laure and Werner’s stories grow around them is lovely. It’s got short chapters too, so it’s the perfect bedtime read. I’ve not gotten to the point where I absolutely cannot put it down yet, but I’m only at the start of the story!

An Edited Life by Anna Newton:
Synopsis: Declutter every aspect of your life – from your wardrobe, exercise schedule and food budget to your phone, bookshelves and beauty regime — with this realistic guide to getting neat and keeping things that way. [..]Learn how to edit your home, calendar, exercise regime, social life, me-time, wardrobe, household budget, digital detox, beauty routine and office space. It’s about how to utilise your time and spend more of it doing what makes you happy.

Hot on the heels of binge-watching all of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this beauty since I pre-ordered it in September! I cracked the spine right open on arrival! I’ve been picking it up here and there and reading bits. Anna’s content over the years has been so inspirational, and definitely right up my street. I too am an avid bullet-journaller, and Marie Kondo obsessive. So it’s kind of been a perfect fit so far!

‘Up Next’ on the Reading List

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan:
Synopsis: When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars and that she is about to encounter the strangest, craziest group of people in existence.

I’ve been excited to read this book ever since I saw the film to be honest! My gal Michelle has been obsessed for ages, and we had so much fun on our trip to the cinema! I enjoy reading books after seeing the films they’re based on, so I’m expecting good things. I also now want to watch the movie again!

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy:
Synopsis: A mother and daughter arrive in a small Spanish village, caught between the desert and the dark blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Rose, struck down by a mysterious illness that has left her incapacitated, is hoping for miraculous treatment from the mysterious Dr Gomez in his clinic. Her daughter Sofia is trapped by her mother’s illness; paralysed herself by a life in which she is chained to her mother’s hypochondria, neurosis and immobility.

This one has been on my list for ages. I must have spotted it in Waterstone’s and jotted the title down. Honestly, I can’t quite remember what drew me to the title, but I’m keen to dive in. Something obviously intrigued me if I’ve had it on my list for so long!

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks:
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. […] Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour, and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central

If there’s one thing I know about Tom Hanks, it’s that the man is a natural born story teller. Just watch him in interviews and you’ll see. When I saw that he’d written a collection of short stories, I knew I’d have to read it at some point! Hello! It’s Tom Hanks! I do love the occassional short story collection as well, so this will be a nice read!

What’s on your reading list at the moment? What have you read recently that you loved?

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  • Reply
    Bukola Veronica
    February 4, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Crazy Rich Asians is definitely on the top of my reading list. I loved the movie and i’m sure i’ll love the book too. I’m actually currently reading ‘The Hate U Give’ and i’m loving it so far!

    Bukola Veronica,

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      February 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      I really enjoyed THUG! I’m also pretty excited to read Crazy Rich Asians, as I enjoyed the film too!

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